Absinthe: An Intimate Warm Restaurant with Fantastic Food!

By: Melanie Lloyd Over a decade ago, while living in Hintonburg, Absinthe was one my favourite date spots. This was prior to having kids and having to plan for a sitter. Back then, Absinthe was in a garage converted into a restaurant on Holland. It was small and cozy with limited seating, friendly service, and… Read More Absinthe: An Intimate Warm Restaurant with Fantastic Food!

Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

By: Melanie Lloyd 14.1% alcohol/vol. WINE REVIEW: On the nose, this full-bodied Red has aromas of ripe blueberry and jammy cassis spread, with notes of menthol, cinnamon, violet, potpourri, cocoa, and hints of black pepper and vanilla. With flavours of cassis,  plum, cinnamon, floral notes and cocoa, it has fresh acidity and velvety tannins that… Read More Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company

By: Melanie Lloyd A week and a half ago, I attended Outstanding in Their Fields, the Taste and Buy event hosted by Savvy Wine Company at Ottawa City Hall. It was an opportunity to sample Ontario wine while chatting with winemakers from across the province. Ottawa City Hall offered a perfect venue for this event. There was… Read More Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company

Marquette 101: Discovering this Cold-Hardy Grape

By: Melanie Lloyd Never heard of Marquette? You are not the only one. This young grape variety may not be well-known but is steadily gaining popularity.   WHY IS IT NOT MORE KNOWN? First off, Marquette is a hybrid grape. Unfortunately, hybrid grapes can be tricky to get recognition within the wine industry. In Ontario, for example,… Read More Marquette 101: Discovering this Cold-Hardy Grape